The most Instagrammable places to visit in Sydney

By Claire Mueller

Updated: October 3rd, 2018

People all around the world know that Sydney is a bit of a babe. Granted, they don't know it's not the capital of Australia, but that's a different story - it's breezy, beautiful and full of photogenic places to explore. These Insta-worthy destinations are not to be missed.

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Clear skies, iconic architecture and perfect stretches of coastline makes Sydney a photographic buffet. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, looking for inspo for your next weekend adventure or just doing it for the ‘gram make sure you add visiting these stunning locations to your to-do list.

Yes, there are the bold, iconic postcard spots we all know and love, but Sydney plays it coy too. Some of these will take a bit more effort to find, so get the map out, book a car, plan a roadtrip and get inspired.

  1. Bondi Icebergs

Turquoise water, white sand, tanned lifeguards…Bondi is a mecca for surfers, English tourists, yogis – and enthusiastic photographers. The Bondi Icebergs ocean pool located along the Bondi to Bronte coastal path is a favourite subject, contrasting clean modernist design with the rolling waves of Bondi Beach. Dare you to walk past without taking a shot. While you’re there keep an eye out for local surf photographer Aquabumps to pick up some tips!

Bondi Icebergs on the map

2. Sydney Opera House

Okay, we know the Opera House is a pretty obvious choice, but with over 668k posts tagged #sydneyoperahouse we’d say a lot of you agree it’s a jewel in the crown. Started in 1959, the Sydney Opera House took 14 years (and, fun fact, over 1 million Swedish-made roof tiles) to complete, opening in 1973. Arguably the most iconic building in Australia and one of the most recognisable in the world for its dramatic segments, the Opera House is always ready for its close up.

Sydney Opera House on the map

3. Hornby Lighthouse

Set inside the national park at the top of Watson’s Bay the historic Hornby Lighthouse, jauntily dressed in red and white stripes, is a hidden gem. If you’re lucky you can catch it lighting up the night!

Hornby Lighthouse on the map

4. Diamond Bay

For a spectacular cliff face with breathtaking views look no further than Diamond Bay – and you don’t even have to look far, it’s just in Vaucluse.

Diamond Bay on the map

5. The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk

You can’t visit (or live) in Sydney without doing the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, location of the famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. With a steady stream of people jogging, walking, chatting and snapping their way along the 3kms of sweeping coastal views between two of the best beaches in Sydney it can get crowded, so choose your time wisely or be happy to stroll. Sunsets are always a winner here.

Bondi to Bronte coastal walk on the map

6. Sydney Harbour

Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait.

Sydney Harbour on the map

7. Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA, located right on the water at Circular Quay, always has something eyecatching to discover with both a permanent collection and a constantly evolving display of contemporary exhibitions. The building underwent renovation in 2012 and is a piece of art in itself. Don’t miss the giant LED arrow by artist Brook Andrew installed at the entrance for an artistic snap.

Museum of Contemporary Art on the map

8. Observatory Hill Park

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A green gem and a moment of quiet in the otherwise bustling CBD, Observatory Hill Park offers sweeping views of Sydney city, the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Observatory Hill Park on the map

9. North Head, Manly

Head out to Manly to get a different view of the city. Jump on the ferry or take a scenic drive around the coastline, then hike to the lookout where you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the world.

North Head Lookout on the map

10. Carriageworks

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Once a railway workshop, now a progressive arts precinct, Carriageworks is a warehouse space full of original elements that give it a gritty, industrial vibe. It plays host to art, dance, food and fashion events year round, with all the exposed brick you need for those urban industrial shots.

Carriageworks on the map

11. Kirribilli

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Take a wander through the streets of Kirribilli, home to the Prime Minister of Australia, to spot some of Sydney’s grandest historic houses, and catch unexpected views of the Opera House and city skyline layered together.
Kirribilli on the map

12. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Otherwise known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair, this exposed sandstone rock bench on the peninsula is a landmark in Sydney Harbour. A present for Elizabeth Macquarie, who was the wife of Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, the Governor of NSW from 1810 – 1821, the bench was carved by convicts in 1810. Take in the atmosphere and enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour as Lady Macquarie was known to do.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the map

13. Muston Park

An unexpected treasure, head here in late Spring or early Summer to catch the blooming Wisteria vines, which turn this archway into a magical, Insta-worthy destination.

Muston Park on the map

14. Woolloomooloo Bay

A scenic stroll across the Botanic Gardens from the CBD will take you to Woolloomooloo Bay, home of the longest timber-piled wharf in the world. The 410m long Finger Wharf is no longer a working dock and now houses a boutique hotel, restaurants and apartments, strikingly refurbished in chic teal and white, but you’ll see Navy ships to the right. Grab a pie from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels while you’re there.

Woolloomooloo Bay on the map

This list was put together in collaboration with Car Next Door, who found a photographer on Airtasker to create content for them. Know of somewhere that should be on the list? Tag @airtasker on Instagram and let us know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire

Creative, runner and startup enthusiast. Claire is passionate about sustainable innovation and loves a good Instagram Story.

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